Over 150 university students are set to benefit from the Madhvani foundation scholarships this academic year following an announcement releasing the list of candidates who successfully passed their recent interviews.
The chairman of the scholarship committee Mr Anthony Butele said, The Madhvani foundation board is pleased to announce the beneficiaries of the 2013/14 academic year for scholarships at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
“We have been impressed by the commitment shown by these students to their education despite the challenges that they face and would like to support them in their educational development,” said Butele.
He further noted that the 152 students from across the country will benefit from Ushs 650 million that was announced earlier this year as they celebrated 10 years since the scholarship scheme was re-launched in 2003.
“The Foundation would like to express its continued commitment to Uganda’s educational and economic development,” said Butele.
Commenting on the demographic distribution of the scholarships Mr. SKI Iyengar, the board secretary said, “The Foundation has awarded 135 undergraduate and 17 postgraduate scholarships to students from across the country.
Our analysis indicates an 11% increase in beneficiaries from Eastern Uganda between 2012/13 and 2013/14 making them the highest recipients of this year’s awards with 53 slots (representing 35% of the total).
Iyengar also noted that recipients from Central region came in second with 42 slots, Northern region with 31 slots and Western region which had the most slots last year got 26 positions this year.
According to Iyengar, the male students continued to dominate the list against their female counterparts and that it should be noted that there is no formula to these results and as such cannot be pre-determined.
“The selection process was very transparent and no incidences of lobbying have been reported,” said Iyengar.